Renovation & Design

Tips to help clean and deodorize the dreaded HOCKEY GEAR

Question: Any suggestions for reducing the smell of hockey equipment? I play about four times each week. I wash my hockey equipment about two to three times per year using either the car wash or my washer and dryer. Washing my equipment seems pointless as the odour returns after one use. My equipment stays in my unheated garage, as it smells too much to bring inside. Looking for a solution to minimize some of the smell that I could apply immediately after the skate. Thank you, David

Answer: I love the carwash idea! When it comes to storing hockey equipment, the first step is to make a hockey tree using old hockey sticks and nails. Whenever you return home from a game or a practice make sure that you hang all equipment on the tree, which should be stored in a cold ventilated area such as a garage or even outside. Pack your gloves with newspaper when they are not in use. Another trick used by hockey players is to pack gloves with clean socks dusted with baking soda or talcum powder. The powdery substance absorbs some of the odours. Or pack the gloves with dyer sheets and remove before each use.

I agree that it is important to wash equipment regularly. Before washing, check care label instructions. I wash hockey gloves using my front end washing machine, with detergent, and lay them out to dry. You can even add one-quarter cup of borax, baking soda or washing soda to the machine to help zap the smell. Remove insoles from skates, when not in use, so they have an opportunity to dry out. There are also commercial air fresheners and sprays that you can purchase at sporting goods stores, which can be used to deodorize hockey equipment. While the equipment is still wet, spray the liners, as this is where bacteria collect. Some sports equipment retailers offer a sanitizer service that you can access a few times a season.

Question: How can I remove streaks from my glass shower door?

Answer: Squeegee the doors after each shower. Also, coat the doors using mineral oil so that water slides down the glass, instead of leaving marks.

Question: I have a water bottle that I use repeatedly during the week. I’ve noticed that it now smells. Anything I can do, short of tossing it out? M.D.

Answer: The easiest solution is to fill the bottle with one tablespoon of baking soda and hot water. Leave it overnight and pour out the contents in the morning. If possible, leave the bottle open at night, so bacteria have less chance to grow.

Question: I have very sensitive feet and find that the insoles in my shoes give me blisters. What can I do to make the insoles more livable? Renton

Answer: Insert each insole into soft ankle socks and place each insole back inside your shoes. You will notice a big difference.

Quick fixes for little problems

Cook broccoli upside down with the floret in the water. This helps to reduce the odour as it cooks. — Angelica

Store a roll of kitchen garbage bags on a metal, paper towel holder. Pull and use as needed. — Patricia

Reduce dust on furniture. Into a spray bottle add one tbsp. fabric softener to one cup water. Spray the solution onto furniture and dust with a soft cloth. — Patricia

Before peeling a hard boiled egg, I soak it in cold water and then roll it between my hands to crush the shell. I noticed the egg is easier to peel. — M.D.

Note: Every user assumes all risks of injury or damage resulting from the implementation of any suggestions in this column. Test all products on an inconspicuous area first.

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